Paul Halliwell, Managing Director of Fish4jobs, comments on the ONS Labour Market Statistics for November 2012, released today:

“It is encouraging to see the rate of unemployment continuing on a downward trend in the last quarter, although a 10,000 increase in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance between September and October is concerning.

“Fish4jobs data shows 26% more live vacancies across the country than last year; however, our research tells us that jobseekers need practical help and advice on important points such as formatting a CV, applying for a job online and preparing for an interview in order to even approach the workplace. Sadly this ‘hands on’ support is rarely provided satisfactorily at Job Centres or through the Government’s Work Programme.”

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